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Overview – Abortion

An abortion is the medical process of ending a pregnancy so it doesn’t result in the birth of a baby. It’s also sometimes known as a termination. The pregnancy is ended either by taking medications […]

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Overview – Abscess

An abscess is a painful collection of pus, usually caused by a bacterial infection. Abscesses can develop anywhere in the body. This article focuses on two types of abscess: skin abscesses – which develop under […]

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Achalasia

Achalasia is a rare disorder of the food pipe (oesophagus), which can make it difficult to swallow food and drink. Normally, the muscles of the oesophagus contract to squeeze food along towards the stomach. A […]

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Acid and chemical burns

Burns caused by acid, alkaline or caustic chemicals can be very damaging and need immediate medical attention. Call 999 and ask for urgent help.   Immediate first aid After calling 999, to help prevent severe […]

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Overview – Acne

Acne is a common skin condition that affects most people at some point. It causes spots, oily skin and sometimes skin that’s hot or painful to touch. Acne most commonly develops on the: face – this […]

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Actinomycosis

Actinomycosis is a rare type of bacterial infection. It can be very serious but can usually be cured with antibiotics. Treatment for actinomycosis Actinomycosis is treated with antibiotics. Treatment starts off in hospital with antibiotics […]

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine. Fine needles are inserted at certain sites in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes. It is used in many NHS general practices, as well as the […]

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Acute kidney injury

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is sudden damage to the kidneys that causes them to not work properly. It can range from minor loss of kidney function to complete kidney failure. AKI normally happens as a complication of another […]